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is our refuge and strength!
As a visiting minister, I
hear this question all of the time "Why doesn't
God help me in my troubles?" This is a legitimate
question to ask. A lot of old and new Christians
tend to be afraid of asking God why, or ask God to
resolve their crisis. They think I do not have
enough faith or I would not go through this. Or I
do not want others to know, for they would think
badly of me or that I caused it. Or you use the
crisis to grab the attention ourselves.
If you are going through
tough times, you need to know why, and what you
should do when you are in them. If not you can
become confused, frustrated and disillusioned. Yet
in the Psalms you see David go through so much and
still trust and obey more than most of us could
ever do. Yet David does ask God the hard
questions, but he did not stop there. David also
knew God intimately and trusted him wholeheartedly
even in times of severe trials, and even going
through them again and again. Just read though the
Psalms, and see David's passion and conviction to
You must first adjust the way
you perceive life. Even as Christian sometimes you
have faulty views and expectations you pick up by
listening to bad teaching and bad advice and then
there is the influence of our culture. First of
all bad things do happen! And they happen to good
Godly people. You will go through trials,
troubles, and tribulations. So what you have to do
is figure out what you do when it happens.
What lesson do you learn from
it, how do you grow better so you do not become
bitter. You need to see His promise:
Read Psalm 46: 1 to 11
1(To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A
Song upon Alamoth.) God is our refuge and
strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be
removed, and though the mountains be carried into
the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,
though the mountains shake with the swelling
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make
glad the city of God, the holy place of the
tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be
moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he
uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob
is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what
desolations he hath made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the
earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear
in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be
exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob
is our refuge. Selah.
God does not look upon
trouble as you do. Where you see stress he sees
opportunities. Where you see crisis, He sees
growth and betterment. God's purpose in times of
crisis and trouble is to teach His children
precious lessons. You can learn to make your life
joy filled by seizing the crisis and growing from
it. To become the person that you are capable of
being for our benefit and His glory.
So when God tests you, or bad
stuff happens, you need to see it as a time for
you to learn and to trust Him by changing what is
wrong with you and putting His promises in your
heart. And when it is over you can look back and
see that your trials have been necessary. You are
better, He is glorified!
I do not like going through
trials, and I try my hardest to get out of a
trial. And then be thankful that it was over. But
they keep happening and happening, so I have to
rethink my strategy from my purpose to what has
revealed in His Word. And that is to recognize the
crisis as a challenge from God to learn valuable
lessons to make me grow in maturity and strength.
And then I was receiving a better blessing than I
ever had before. As stated in
I Chron. 4:9-10, as the ministry He
entrusted me with grew and grew. I can praise His
name in deep suffering and delight in the
blessings. And when those storms of trials and
crisis come, I'm prepared, because I now see them
as opportunities to gain more strength and
maturity, and even obtaining a larger measure of
Divine grace. Thus our adversity can and will
become our tools to grow and learn to be our best
for His highest. So things that are seemingly
against us, He will turn around in His time and
way. You have to get out of His way and allow
Christ to work. And this is how you become more
than conquerors through Him who loved us.
(Rom 8: 37-39)
To be a content Christian and
happy with life, you need to see life as a series
of problem solving and learning opportunities.
Because the problems you face will either
overwhelm and overpower you or grow and develop
you. Thus, the path of joy is determined by how
you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people,
Christians included, will fail to see God's hand
in their life. Choosing instead to focus on their
problem and allowing it to take over their lives
God wants to use your
problems for good, to make you better and stronger
for your personal development and in turn for you
to be able to help others in their lives. So you
as an unhappy, confused and disillusioned
Christian will react irrationally with their
problems rather than taking the time through
spiritual discipline to see the advantage they
bring them. So what can you do to refocus
ourselves onto the right path?
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